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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A jury this morning found Timothy Puskas guilty of murdering Billy McCaw, a former Rutgers student, on a cold night in February 2014.
The verdict, which found Puskas guilty of four murder and weapons charges, came after five days of tense deliberations. Shortly before 10 a.m., the court was informed that the jury had made its decision.
Bob McCaw, the victim's father, said outside the courtroom that this determination represents justice for his son.
"We take no joy in the verdict," he said, "because no matter what the outcome was, it wasn't going to bring Billy back. There's relief that other students and young people are safer for this verdict, and that Mr. Puskas will not be on the streets to hurt any more people."
McCaw, 22, was found dead in a snow-covered backyard off Hartwell Street the morning of Feb. 15, 2014. His face bore wounds from an unknown weapon and his blood soaked through the snow, shocking the Rutgers community.
The state argued that Puskas, who lived on nearby Plum Street, went out looking to harm someone that night because he was enraged after a bitter divorce and learning that money had been stolen from his bank accounts.
The weapon used in the crime was never recovered. No witnesses saw the beating, either.
Puskas's attorney, Joseph Mazraani, said prior to the verdict that he believed a mistrial had occurred related to jury instructions.